One of my favorite parts of working in the library has always been the conversations I’ve had with patrons and coworkers about books. Over the years, I’ve received a lot of wonderful book recommendations while I was waiting on patrons or chatting with coworkers.

We at the Berryville Public Library wanted to start our own blog to provide another forum for book discussions, one not limited by time or place. Now we don’t have to limit talking about books to book clubs or times when you’re in the library because this blog lets us bring the conversation to you.¬†To help start this online conversation about books, we’ll be posting weekly reviews, recommendations, and thoughts about books, as well as other items in our collection, like music, movies, and television shows.

In addition, we’ll be partaking in the 2016 Library Book Challenge and chronicling it on the blog. If you haven’t already, stop by the library and pick up your copy of the Book Challenge calendar, so you can participate too.

One reason we really like this particular book challenge is it’s so flexible. Unlike many other yearly book challenges, which require you to read specific titles or have a rigid timeline you must follow, this one provides you with general categories. That way, you can explore titles, authors, and genres you may not normally read, but you can still easily adapt them to your own interests. For instance, challenges include “Read a funny book,” “Read a book set in another country,” “Read a book that became a movie,” and “Read a book by an author with your initials,” among many others. In addition, the categories are not listed in any specific order, so you can work through the different challenges at your own pace and according to whichever sequence you prefer.

Even if you don’t want to participate in the Book Challenge, because the categories are broad enough, you can still enjoy the resulting reading suggestions and book reviews.

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Interested in the 2016 Library Book Challenge? Post a comment below, and we’ll save a calendar for you behind the circulation desk.